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July 11, 2018

Sierra Happenings

Events and Activities

Drive-In Movie at the Auburn Library

Cruise on in to the Auburn library drive-in, customize your car, and sit back and watch a family-friendly movie.
**Food will be served.**

Date: July 12th

Please click here for more details.

Discover Malakoff! Diggins Hike with Hank Meals

The intent of the Discover Malakoff! series is to bring new visitors to the remote state park throughout the entire year, and to ignite interest and support for the wide spectrum of resources and activities at the historic park, home to the still-standing “ghost town” of North Bloomfield, and site of the largest hydraulic mine in the country.

Date: July 14

Please click here for more details.

Summer Young Fox Walkers Day Program

Students will enjoy learning Earth Skills at the unique Fox Walker Programs ; which are a blend of nature awareness, wilderness survival, tracking, music, storytelling, and cross cultural teachings.

Date: July 23-27

Please click here for more details.

South Yuba State Park Summer Calendar

Summer is packed with fun things to do! Check out this calendar to find out what's happening and get out and go!

Date: All Summer!

Please click here for more details.

California Department of Fish and Wildlife Calendar

July is packed with fun things to do! Check out this calendar to find out what's happening and get out and go!

Date: Month of July

Please click here for more details.

California Environmental Education Event Calendar

CEEIN is pleased to offer a calendar of events and opportunities in California relating to environmental education.

Date: Annual

Please click here for more details.

Lake Tahoe Summit - Tahoe Fund

Join the Tahoe Fun for their *Free* Lake Tahoe Summit located at Sand Harbor State Park on Tahoe's beautiful east shore.

Date: August 7th

Please click here for more details and to register.

25th Anniversary Conference - Sierra Nevada Alliance

We are excited to announce the Sierra Nevada Alliance’s 25th Anniversary Conference in beautiful Kings Beach, California!

The theme for this special event is “Regional Resiliency.”

Date: August 15th - 17th

Please click here for more details and to register.

Film Submissions are OPEN for Wild & Scenic Film Festival

Calling all film makers! SYRCL’s Wild & Scenic Film Festival shows environmental and adventure films that illustrate the earth’s beauty, the challenges facing our planet, and the work communities are doing to protect the environment. Through these films, Wild & Scenic both informs people about the state of the world and inspires them to take action.

Date: Ends November 30th, 2018

Please click here for more details.

California Adaptation Forum

Join adaptation practitioners from across the state and nation at the 3rd California Adaptation Forum! The Forum will feature a dynamic program across three full days including plenaries, breakout sessions, workshops, tours, a tools salon, a hosted reception, and numerous networking opportunities. Participants will walk away with new strategies, tools, and connections to accelerate adaptation efforts in their own communities.

Date: August 27-29th 2018

Please click here for more details and to register.

Job Announcements & Volunteer Opportunities

Sierra Nevada AmeriCorps Partnership Member (SNAP) - Sierra Nevada Alliance

We are seeking enthusiastic, conservation-minded people to commit to a year of service to protect Sierra natural resources and sustainable communities. During the year, SNAP members will gain skills and technical training, mentor with outstanding environmental leaders and receive an education award at the successful completion of service.

For more info, click here.

Various Volunteer Positions - Give Back Tahoe

A list of volunteer opportunities in the Tahoe/Truckee area.

For more info, click here.

Natural Resource Volunteer - California Department of Fish and Wildlife

Motivated individuals able to convey conservation principles to the public are encouraged to apply. Applicants must be confident and capable of speaking with the public both one-on-one and in group settings. They must also be able to work independently and as a team member to complete tasks. Assignments will be in field, office and classroom environments.

For more info, click here.

Public Programs Specialist - California Academy of Sciences

The Public Programs Specialist is responsible for creating, developing and implementing programs/activities/engagements that meet the needs of our highly diverse, all age audiences. Programs support our annual programming themes, new exhibits, planetarium shows and events. They also provide education volunteers with guidance, training and support in museum engagement and interpretation techniques, practice and current theory.

For more info, click here.

Civic Spark Sierra Nevada Area Opportunities

Find opportunities through Sierra Business Council, Sierra Nevada Alliance, Placer County, and the Town of Mammoth Lakes in Climate Projects, Water Projects, and Opportunity Access Projects. Interviews will begin in July and start dates are in September.

For more info, click here.

Development Assistant - SYRCL

SYRCL is looking for an organized, detail-oriented and friendly person to work on our development and fundraising team on a part-time basis. The Development Assistant will coordinate special events, and assist in tracking financial contributions, stewarding donors, and doing database entry and funder research.

For more info, click here.

Naturalists -Great Basin Outdoor School

Are you passionate about the outdoors, ecology, conservation, and working with kids? Great Basin Outdoor School is looking for candidates with a background in the natural sciences, experience working with kids, and a contagious enthusiasm for the outdoors.

For more info, click here.


Forest Health Project Grant - Sierra Nevada Conservancy

The Water Quality, Supply, and Infrastructure Improvement Act of 2014 and the California Drought, Water, Parks, Climate, Coastal Protection, and Outdoor Access for All Act of 2018 allocated funding to the Conservancy for a competitive grant program supporting forest health projects that result in multiple watershed benefits.

For more info, click here.

Drought Response Program

The Bureau of Reclamation's Drought Response Program supports a proactive approach to drought by providing assistance to water managers to: develop and update comprehensive drought plans, and implement projects that will build long-term resiliency to drought.

Get more information here.

June In Review - Center for Sierra Nevada Conservation

Check out the amazing work CSNC is doing and learn how to get involved.

Learn more here.

24 Hours of Reality

There are many ways to stop the climate crisis. Let Climate Reality send you their "Be the Voice of Reality" guide on actions that will help you find your voice on climate.

For more info, click here.

Forni Meadows is Now Part of Eldorado National Forest

The Eldorado National Forest has recently completed the purchase of Forni Meadows, adding 835-acres of ecologically valuable and historically significant land to an area adjacent to Desolation Wilderness.

For more info, click here.

Become a 2018 Member Group of the Sierra Nevada Alliance!

Our goal at the Sierra Nevada Alliance is to protect and restore the Sierra Nevada by strengthening individual efforts and joining together as a region-wide force. The most integral component of the Alliance is our strong network of Member Groups. The goal of the Alliance Member Group program is to increase the value of this network as a resource to all involved through expanding our base of Member Groups. We work to actively facilitate collaboration amongst Member Groups to broaden our collective impact on behalf of the Sierra.
Contact Sara Monson here

For more info, click here.


New Take Care Tahoe Website and Partnership

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The Sierra Nevada Alliance has recently teamed up with over 30 environmental organizations in the Tahoe Region to provide visitors and residents with an easy-to-use website for environmental education activities:

It now takes just one click to get closer to Lake Tahoe’s unique natural environment. provides information on more than a dozen visitor and science centers around the lake, and features an events page of over 200 activities that you can participate in. From cleanups to nature walks to family-friendly hikes and more, those who know and love Tahoe can participate in efforts to care for the Tahoe area. “There are so many wonderful ways for visitors and residents to connect with Tahoe, and now these opportunities are all in one place,” said Heather Segale, Education and Outreach Director at the UC Davis Tahoe Environmental Research Center and a member of the Take Care Tahoe team. “If you’ve ever wondered how to learn more about Tahoe’s environment, history and science, the website is the perfect tool to help you fill your Tahoe days with fun and engaging activities.” also offers tips on how you can take care of Tahoe while visiting. Subjects include litter, dog waste, living with bears, fire safety, and invasive species. “In 2016, there were more than 1,600 pounds of trash left behind after the July 4th holiday, and that didn’t include the more than 7,000 cigarette butts,” said Marilee Movius of the League to Save Lake Tahoe and a Take Care Partner. “We hope this site will help connect more people to Tahoe, so they can learn why it’s important to take care of it.”

The Sierra Nevada Alliance is aware of the need to take care of Tahoe, and has played an active role in the launch of the website this past month. Our own AmeriCorps member, Crew, has been helping promote Take Care prior to the launch by updating the website with all its engaging events. He has also been dispersing the first round of educational Take Care Tahoe postcards to the various visitor centers around the lake. Crew will now help convince local lodging properties to provide guests with Take Care information. Be sure to check back to often, new events are added every day!

Go to W3Schools!

Sierra Nevada AmeriCorps Partnership (SNAP) Interview Volunteers!

You may have noticed that we've started recruiting SNAP Members for the 13th year of the SNAP Program. Since SNAP is such an awesome program, we get a ton of applicants, which means more first round interviews than SNAP Staff can handle.

We're hoping you'll be able to volunteer to do a few SNAP interviews this year - 3- 5 interviews that take about 1.5 hours of work each. We're especially looking for a few East Coasters to help out with the time differences. Interviews will take place between July 30th and August 13th. Please let me know if you are available, and we’ll send out more details to help you prepare as the interview period gets closer.

We couldn’t run the SNAP Program without help from people like you!

For more info or to sign up, please email Rachel Durben, our SNAP coordinator at here.


SNAP Spotlight: Ryan Delaney at the Eastern Sierra Land Trust


Just few years ago, Ryan was living in his home state of Montana, finishing up a B.S. degree in Resource Conservation. When his educational obligations were finally fulfilled, he had to confront a big question: So...what now? While planning out the next step, he remembered his mother’s warning: If you don’t leave this town now, you probably wind up here for good. That gave him the nudge he needed and so, heeding her words, made plans for California.

When he arrived in the Golden State, Ryan found himself taking all kinds of jobs including an outdoor educator at an adventure camp. Afterwards, he landed a gig in Lake Tahoe as the ski school coordinator at Homewood Ski Resort. He spent most of his time there making sure instructors didn’t let their students “french fry” off the side of the mountain. When the snow melted, he took a teaching job in Alaska before accepting a position with American River Conservancy as their AmeriCorps member. After falling in love with the SNAP program, he decided to take on another year, but this time with Eastern Sierra Land Trust (ESLT).

This fall, Ryan began his service with ESLT by maintaining the front office native plant garden and participating in a monthly educational program for 3rd graders. As the winter months came, he started planning for the many big events ahead in the Spring. The biggest event by far was the spring celebration called GardenFest. Taking place each year in our ESLT back office, GardenFest is a wonderful event with local vendors, native plant sales and smiling faces from the community. Once spring had finally cooled down, he set to work on the Eastside Pollinator Garden Project. This project works with locals who want to transform their backyard into a pollinator habitat for bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds. As his 11-month term of service comes to a close, Ryan looks forward to organizing the Great Sierra River Cleanup for his side of the Sierra.

Join us for our 25th Anniversary Conference

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The theme of Sierra Nevada Alliance’s 25th anniversary Conference is “Regional Resiliency”.

“Resiliency is the capacity to respond to a perturbation or disturbance by resisting damage and recovering quickly. ”

The definition of resiliency is not only relevant for the Sierra Nevada that we want to create, but also the Sierra Nevada Alliance as an organization and where we stand today on a comeback.

At this year’s conference, we will collaborate and learn innovative ways to enhance the ecological resiliency of the Sierra. There are many opportunities and constraints that stand before us, but as a true alliance we can succeed.

Please join us for this lively three-day conference event. We are planning a progressive, provocative agenda, with many networking opportunities, and fun to be had throughout!

Visit our website to learn more and buy tickets.

We would like to thank our sponsors:
Carstens Law Firm
Rose Foundation
Shute Mihaly Law Firm
El Dorado Water Agency
Defenders of Wildlife
Mono Lake Committee
The Sierra Fund
Sierra Watch
Sierra Nevada Conservancy
Squaw Valley Institute
for their generous support of this event.

More information and tickets can be found here.

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